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June 17, 2013
Ai Weiwei sculpture to be unveiled at Nathan Phillips Square
  
The City of Toronto and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will unveil a monumental public art work by acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The monumental art work called Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads will inhabit Nathan Phillips Square's reflecting pool until September 22.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will be joined by Elizabeth Smith, Executive Director of Curatorial Affairs, the AGO, at the unveiling event.

Date: Tuesday, June 18
Time: 12:45 p.m. (remarks at 1 p.m.)
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

The AGO has partnered with the City of Toronto to bring Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" sculpture series to this prominent Toronto location. This is the only Canadian display of the work, which has been staged at nine cities around the world. The installation of Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads was made possible in part by AW Asia, New York.

The installation precedes the opening of the AGO exhibition "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" on August 17. Toronto is the only Canadian stop on the exhibition’s North American tour.

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Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator
416-397-5711
sgerard@toronto.ca

 

 

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